Celebrating the Light

Glendale Middle School warmly wishes its students and the fantastic Glendale community a happy holiday season.
School will close on Friday December 21st 2018 at 1:20PM and re-open on Monday January 7th 2019.

Fill The Pack Project

Inspired by reading the award winning book Refugee by Alan Gratz, which tells the story of three adolescents who leave their countries as refugees during different times in history, the students in Ms. Bramscher’s Language Arts classes, began to have strong feelings on immigration policy.  As a result they wrote letters to  President Trump and our local senators, but that wasn't enough; they wanted to DO something! 

Students voted to participate in "Fill the Pack," a program through Volunteers of America. Each class will be filling one backpack with things that a homeless kid might need.  Parents and community members are encouraged to support their children in this activity.

Some things that might be helpful in a pack would be:



Gift cards to McDonald's/Subway/Smith's

Hats & gloves

Warm socks 

Reusable water bottle 

For anyone interested in further information about the Fill the Pack activity – here is a link to the project website:

If you do want to donate, you can drop things off in Ms. Bramscher’s classroom or the main school office. We'll be collecting until next Friday, December 14th, 2018. 

Refugee by Alan Gratz has won numerous awards and is a wonderful book to read and discuss with your students. It is currently on the 2018 Battle of the Books list, published annually by the Texas Lone Star Library Association and is being read by middle school students across the nation.

Glendale Rising

At our annual cultural education conference, invited speakers from the Glendale community and beyond, delivered a selection of student-centered sessions, which shared knowledge and resources about recognizing and addressing implicit bias, as well as ways to find and share our unique voice as a community. The keynote speaker Dr. David Parker, engaged and delighted Glendale students and faculty with his energetic, humorous and highly relevant presentation.
Glendale Middle School would like to offer its grateful thanks to all our community partners and to the many presenters who participated in the event, in addition to our Counseling Dept; Cassie Bell, Dan Del Porto and Jerly Alcala who organized the conference.

Elective Class Highlights

Elective Class Highlight of the Month:

Great things are happening here at Glendale! This year we have added several exciting new elective classes to the master schedule: Dance, History Fair, Theater, Crossfit, Outdoor Recreation, Journalism, Debate, Videography, and the Glendale Buzz.

This month’s elective class highlight is the Outdoor Recreation class taught by Coach Tucker and Ms. Records. This high energy class focuses on getting students outside of the school building, to enjoy some of the diverse natural resources which the Glendale neighborhood has to offer. The outdoor elective curriculum provides opportunities for students to explore the Jordan River Parkway and the extensive city bike paths. Don’t be afraid if you see students high on slacklines across the Glendale field; they’re practicing balance skills for city biking! Some activities the students are looking forward to include: archery, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, hiking the Foothills, and rock climbing.

Newsflash: Advisory Classes have begun!

What is Advisory?

To support Glendale’s school-wide goal of providing a safe, connected and caring learning environment for every student, this year we added a homeroom class (Advisory) to our schedule.

Why Advisory?

Middle school can be a challenging time. The primary purpose of our Advisory classes is to support our students to develop academically, socially, and emotionally by ensuring that they are connected and cared for members of our school community. Advisory classes are very much like small ‘families’ of students, with an advisory teacher whose role is to act as their teacher-advocate.  In addition to addressing any everyday concerns, Advisory class is also a time when teachers and students can address school-wide issues in a safe setting. Each week, students attend their Advisory classroom on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before the school day begins. 

In September, our focus was teaching our school-wide expectations; to ensure that all students knew how to act in the classroom, cafeteria, halls, bathrooms, auditorium, and outside at recess.

More importantly, we started a school-wide conversation about what it means to be an upstander instead of a bystander. This is a particularly important skill for students to learn, to prepare them if they ever encounter difficult or unsafe situations, such as bullying and fights during and after school.  

Parents Empowered:

Here are some tips to help you continue this important conversation at home; 

bystander is—someone who witnesses bullying or unsafe situations, but doesn't get involved.

An upstander is—the person who knows what's happening is wrong and does something to make things right and just. It takes courage to speak up on someone's behalf, or to go and get help - to be an upstander instead of a bystander.

We understand that building a great school community is a long term endeavor, and we still have a long way to go; however, the students are using the terms upstander and bystander in every day conversations.

Glendale's school-wide expectations

Glendale Middle School is pleased to announce the launch of its school-wide student behavior expectations. In collaboration with our stakeholders, Principal Jill Baillie consolidated a plan to crystalize our school values into a series of beautifully designed posters which grace the hallways of Glendale.

We encourage parents and community members to read and discuss the school behavior expectations with their students.

Sports-Soccer Season Update

Our soccer team has been tearing up the field with their agile ball-handling skills and calculated passing. They met Bryant Middle on Thursday at Bryant’s makeshift field. Not only were the player’s skills exemplary, their sportsmanship behaviors were what the adults were talking about days after the game! Our players are respectful, responsible, safe, and very kind on the soccer fields as well as in the classrooms of GMS. Come ROAR with us; listed below is the schedule of the games. All games begin at 4:10 PM and end at 5:10 PM.

10/9-Hillside vs. Glendale @ Glendale

10/11-Hillside vs. Glendale @ Hillside

10/16-Bryant vs. Glendale @ Glendale

10/17-Bryant vs. Glendale @ Glendale

10/23-Clayton vs. Glendale @ Clayton

10/25-Clayton vs. Glendale @ Glendale

10/30-Northwest vs. Glendale @ Northwest

11/1-Northwest vs. Glendale @Glendale

New iPad Protocols 2018-19

This year at Glendale we have implemented class sets of iPads for students to use in their core classes. This means students will no longer have to carry devices from classroom to classroom, but instead will share iPads housed in specific rooms.  To support our students to remain safe, responsible, respectful and kind, we have created a new student protocol for the shared devices. Information about these protocols can be found on the student iPad contracts which were distributed early in September, as well as in the Student iPad Expectations video  


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